Supreme Court Judge Grants Stay in Louisell Murder Case
An Iowa Supreme Court justice issued a stay in the case of a woman who was on the verge of being released from prison. Decades after Yvette Louisell's conviction for a 1987 stabbing, Iowa Supreme Court Justice David Wiggins issued the stay Thursday following a request from the Iowa attorney general's office. When she was 17, Louisell was sentenced to life in prison for the killing of 40-year-old Ames resident Keith Stilwell. Story County District Court Judge James Ellefson resentenced Louisell to 25 years, which would have allowed her release Feb. 10. The Iowa attorney general's office is appealing the judge's ruling.